Elizabethton 2 at Pulaski 1
W: L. Martin (1-0, 2.45); L: B. Mohr (0-1, 3.60); SV: M. Hamburger (1)
HR: ELI: A. Schmiesing (1).
Andrew Schmiesing hit a two-run homer in the top of the fifth inning to stake the Elizabethton Twins to a 2 run lead. With Bobby Lanigan, Lee Martin and Mark Hamburger all turning in stellar performances on the mound, it would be all the E-Twins would need.
Lanigan worked four innings, limiting the Mariners rookies to 3 hits while striking out 7. Martin would come in for the next 3, picking up his first win of the season.
Dwight Dritton would single off Martin in the bottom of the sixth, then move to second on Guy Welsh's ground out. Kalian Sams would be taken out on strikes before Mario Martinez sent a ground ball out to center to plate Britton. Kris Sanchez would single as well, but Martinez would be caught stealing by catcher Alex Soto, to end the inning.
Nick Czyz would be on the mound when Jon Waltenbury took a walk in the top of the 8th. Rene Leveret singled and Waltenbury wheeled it to 3rd. Juan Richardson would hit a sac-fly to score the Canadian slugger for the insurance run.
Eric Santiago singled in the top of the 9th. With two outs on the board, Schmiesing then doubled him in to finish off things for the E-Twins.
Schmiesing and Evan Bigley were both 2-for-4, with everyone else in the line up getting at least one hit except for Richardson, who finished up 0-for-3 with a RBI and a strike out.
The two teams rematch Saturday night at Calfee Park with a 7:00 PM start time. Both pitchers are TBD.
Beloit 5 at Peoria 1
W: D. Bromberg (5-4, 4.42); L: H. Chen (1-4, 3.31)
HR: PEO: L. Bautista (2).
Louis Bautista would take a single shot home run off Beloit Snappers starter David Bromberg in the bottom of the 3rd, but the Chiefs saw little else in the way of offense. Bromberg worked 5.2 innings, allowing 8 hits and one walk while fanning 5 to lead the Snappers to their second win of the second half.
Brian Kirwan and Loek Van Mil combined for the next 2.1 innings and Spencer Steedly closed down the Chiefs to finish off the game.
The Snappers answered Bautista back in the top of th 4th. Paul Kelly would single but be taken out when Chris Parmelee ground into a force out. Deibinson Romero then doubled to move Parms to 3rd. Ozzie Lewis plated the former first round draft pick with a line drive to center that brought in Romero as well. Lewis would make it all the way to 3rd base, but Greg Yersich and Allan de San Miguel were both taken out on strikes end the Snappers scoring threat.
The game would stay close until the top of the 9th. Jon Mueller would take Romero and Lewis out on strikes before allowing a double to Yersich. De San Miguel reached on a fielding error, which moved Yersich to 3rd, and the pair would be tripled in by Estarlin De Los Santos. A throwing error by Jovan Rosa allowed Benson to reach and De Lo to score, before Chris Cates would ground out.
Kelly was 2-for-4 at the plate, while Benson was 2-for-5 in the lead off slot. Cates, Romero, Lewis, Yersich and De Lo were all 1-for-4, Romero and Yersich with a double and a run each, Lewis with 2 RBIs and De Lo with a run, a triple and 2 RBIs. Cates settled for being the one hit wonder of the contest.
Parmelee and de San Miguel were both 0-for-4 with a run each.
The series continues Saturday night at 6:30 PM with Kevin Kreier (2-1, 3.96) on the mound for Peoria against Beloit's Santos Arias (2-3, 2.22).
If you missed any of the action around the Twins minors this week, don't miss Roger's weekly recap at Twinkie Town.